Honey, I am so bad at writing in your baby book, and I get thrown by the fact that all the baby books these days seem to have specific items they want you to fill in instead of just allowing some blank lines for talking to your child about who they are and what they’re doing, so I hope you don’t miss having one too much when you’re older. I may try to make it up and go back and just write what I want regardless of what the book asks for but it seems silly since I already write you here. So, with that in mind, here’s a little update on what you’ve been up to lately.
You’re seven months old now and wearing 9 to 12 month clothes mostly, especially since you’re so tall. You smile every morning and the one time you didn’t was a day we knew you were feeling sickly. You’re sweet and funny and you make up games to play with everyone like different kinds of peek a boo or pretending you don’t see someone. You love a game lately where you reach for Mommy and I hold you then you reach for Grandma until she takes you and we go back and forth a bit until you’re holding on to both of us. You love having all your people around and you usually get so delighted if we’re all in the same room like when we sit at the table and play our card games or do puzzles.
You’ve just recently become so fascinated by the dog and cats that we have to watch you so you don’t hurt them accidentally and they don’t hurt you either. You got a good grip on Lovey’s whiskers the other day, I heard from Grandma.
You’re standing up by yourself for ten or twenty seconds at a time in your walker or in the circle of someone’s arms, and you are always jumping and bouncing when people hold you in a standing position. You are able to pull yourself around quite a bit on your tummy now too and have quit only turning in circles like you used to. You’re getting so big and able!
You’ve always spoken so early and you’ve called me Mam or Mommy practically since you were born and Dad Yaddy since before we brought you home from the hospital but now you’re babbling and blabbing up a storm all day and trying out little sentences like “I nee dat” and “I nee yaddy”. It’s yet another thing you do that makes us feel a little crazy because it seems like you shouldn’t be able to have such advanced language skills, yet they are evident. You also seem to be scooting ahead of the developmental curve emotionally. Like when you made the “I nee Yaddy” comment and it was because I was busy in the kitchen and was ignoring your fussing about something while I asked you to wait a minute, so you apparently decided Yaddy would help sooner! 😀
You love and adore your Aunt April and we’re having a bit of a hard time keeping you from trying to grab her clothes and hair all the time, which she doesn’t like, but you’re learning to use your hands more gently and have been doing a very good job this week of listening when we say let go and actually being able to do it.
I accidentally got you in trouble this week because you scratched me hard on the eye and I took your hand away and said “No, ouch” in what was apparently a too harsh voice because you cried for a few minutes and I had to remind you that it was okay and you weren’t in trouble, but that you just needed to be gentle. Later that day you spent a long time putting your hand gently on my face and laughing when I praised you for such nice touching without gripping or scratching.
You play with all sorts of different toys now, beanie girl, but you mostly love whatever you don’t usually get to have so we spend a little bit of each day letting you have one thing that you haven’t had before to play with. You chewed a piece of paper to death the other day and the day before that you got to play with some of April’s fake fruit with Mommy keeping a close eye.
You’re sucking your thumb these days and you have put everything in your mouth for months now and teethed on it. No teeth through your gums yet but you’ve had swollen spots for more than two months. You were pretty pitiful with the pain for awhile but it seems to have gotten better since we got you an amber teething bracelet.
After Mommy held you for your last vaccines you went to Daddy and every time you looked back at me you cried for a few minutes and that was pretty hard on me! You, thankfully, forgave me quickly and allowed me to comfort you like I was wanting to.
At six months or so, when the teething was really very bad you had a long clingy phase to Mom and I was calling you my little barnacle because you’d cry if I walked ten feet away or even turned my back so you couldn’t see my face. You’re back to being more independent now and even forget if I’m in the room sometimes if you’re crawling and playing. You still want Mommy and Yaddy to both be home and in the bedroom with you when you get ready for bed, but what kid doesn’t? We always just think it’s so smart that you even know to notice.
You’re really so big and tough and sweet and wonderful, Beanie, and we are so so blessed to get to see that smile every morning. We love you, Alice Girl~!